July 19, 2014
Daybreak on the land...
Twenty years done come and gone my oh my!
I have a lot of personal memories from this show but I'll stick to the music. I will say that I saw Jesus at this show...those in the know will know what I'm talking about ;-) Hard to believe it's been twenty years!
While this is a solid show for 94, the Playin>Drumz>Wharf Rat is way beyond the norm. In fact, this Playin is one of the very best of modern times.
The opening Shakedown is very funky and showcases the absolutely PERFECT digital SBD. The middle of the first set is solid but uninspiring. Unfortunately this set has both Broken Arrow and Cheesy Answers...two of the worst songs in the Deads repertoir. Cheesy Answers has to be one of the worst first set closers, talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth!
Second set is really just a build up and come down from the incredible peak during the Playin jam. The Foolish Heart is definately not among the best(check out 6-11 or 6-16-93). Saint is well played. I Want to Tell You is a rare treat but is really just an intro to the Playin, it's a trip hearing the final instrumental come unglued as they morph into the space vibe for Playin. Then the countdown into Playin. The lyric part is pretty standard but as the jam starts to develop it becomes clear that this is no ordinary version. I would call this the best Playin of modern times if it wasn't for 5-26-93 (as incredible as it may seem, the Playin from 5-26-93 actually ranks with the very best versions from 73-74, and thats saying something! Do yourself a favor and check it out sometime, it wont dissapoint) Back to this Playin-the jam is very visual, like a masterpiece painting. It starts off as a beautiful Hudson Valley School landscape painting, then slowly starts taking on a somewhat sinister Salvador Dali aspect with the trees starting to melt and strange otherworldly creatures wandering through the landscape. From there, it starts coming completely unglued and splatters of color splash across the canvas in Jackson Pollack fashion. Complete chaos is achieved as the intensity builds to an insane climax that has to be heard to be believed! Then we float into the ether as the jam resolves itself back into a landscape image, this time a beautiful sunset scene, WOW what a jam!!!. Good Drums with crickets and cicada sounds echoing the real insects chirping outside. Trippy short Space literally drips into a very powerful Wharf Rat, one of the best I've heard. Jerrys grizzled voice gives the perfect touch to this song of lost opportunities. -I'll get a new start, live the life I should- They even have some 'fly away' effect during the jam the I havent heard on any other version. This Playin>Drumz>Wharf Rat can hang with any music the boys played in their entire career, no kidding! This is one of my very favorite verisons of Throwing Stones, very guitar and percussion oriented. The whirro(washboard) adds a unique aspect to this version, I've never heard one quite like it. NFA is average for the period(which aint sayin much). The Rain is very sweet, this is probably my favorite of the Beatles songs the boys did.
But again, check this one out for the Playin.
5 stars for the absolutely pristine SBD.
5 for the Playin>Drumz>Wharf Rat.
3 for rest of show.
December 22, 2012
Great sound and two Beatles' covers
You couldn't ask for a higher quality sound with all 3 guitarists clearly laying down their lines and weaving together with keyboards and drums. Bobby's playing is truly outstanding.
Highlights include a super Foolish Heart, a rare I Want to Tell You, an extended pre-drums space out of Playin' that will blow you away, a calypso-like Throwin' Stones after a perfect Wharf Rat and an extended Not fade Away to close.
Bonus: the 2nd Beatles' cover, the harmonically sung and played Rain.
Definitely worth a listen and you can add in 1st set Shakedown and Maggie's Farm